Tiffany D. Jackson, author of Allegedly, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for that book and is also author of the forthcoming Monday’s Not Coming. She is a television professional by day, novelist by night, and an awkward black girl 24/7. She received her B.A. in film from Howard University
Lisa Jakub, author of Not Just Me: Anxiety, Depression, and Learning to Embrace Your Weird, is a guest speaker, writing teacher, Kripalu yoga teacher, and a happily retired former actor.
Tyehimba Jess, author of Olio, is a professor of English at College of Staten Island. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Kima Jones, co-author of The Fire This Time, has been published in GQ, Guernica, NPR, and The New York Times. She founded Jack Jones Literary Arts in March 2015 and works as lead strategist on publicity campaigns. She lives in Los Angeles.
Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage, has also written, Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She serves on the MFA faculty at Rutgers. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jill Jonnes, author of Urban Forests, was named a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar and has received several grants from the Ford Foundation. Her previous work includes Eiffel’s Tower and Conquering Gotham.